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  1. Hello all! I recently started a blog to share my PA school journey, including sharing some interview advice and questions. Once my program starts in May, I will be updating my blog with our ongoings at school, study tips, details on our courses, what to expect in PA school, and lots more. Reading other PA students' blogs helped me when I was a pre-PA student applying and preparing for the interview season. I interviewed at 3 programs and got accepted to 2. This is my way of paying forward and reaching out to current and future pre-PA students, as I was in your shoes not too long ago. I
  2. I thought all of the newly accepted students might appreciate this post from my blog. It is a list of all of the software/websites/apps that my class has used and found useful when studying for tests in PA school. Hope it helps! http://pajourney.com/2016/02/20/technology-that-helps-me-survive-pa-school/
  3. The teachers in my program keep telling us to "trust the process". So I wrote a little blog post on what I think that process is and on what information you retain from your didactic year. Hope you find this interesting and feel free to comment with thoughts of your own! 2 Semesters Down! What stays and what goes?
  4. Hey Guys and Girls, I am sure most of you current undergraduates have heard of some of the better PA programs around the nation. Many of you are going to produce competitive PA school applications in the process of hunting for schools. This question is more geared towards people who have been in PA school and experienced life on the other side of PA schooling. That being said, I think the answer is beneficial to most of us undergrads. We know about programs like Duke, Pacific, Emory, etc. Their qualifications are strict and their prestige is evident. However, on the chance that admis
  5. Hi! I was just accepted to my first choice PA program and was wondering about student insurance. My husband currently is a reservist in the military but his contract ends right as PA school begins. Therefore, we will be seeking insurance elsewhere. We just aren't sure if it is possible to add him and our son to a student health plan offered by my school. Does anyone know if this is a possibility? We can definitely get our insurance from his employer but we aren't sure if it would be a better value through the student insurance plan. Thanks!
  6. Hi everyone, I was trying to search for this discussion but I didn't find anything. I didn't make it into any of the programs I applied to (applied to 3 total; interviewed at 1) and I'm trying to figure out how to improve for next year. These are my main stats: Science GPA: 3.49 Overall GPA: 3.32 HCE: Medical Technologist for 3 years Volunteer: Interpreter and Administrative assistant at Free Clinic, where a PA practices Shadowing: ER PA for 7.5 hours GRE: 149 verbal, 159 quant (I know) The way I look at it is that my application was good enough to get me an interview. So I know that I'm
  7. Wanted to share my latest blog post. I wrote about the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and want to expect on interview day. Hope you find it useful! http://pajourney.com/2015/11/14/multiple-mini-interviews-what-to-expect-and-how-to-deal/
  8. Hey! I am anxious to know about interviews. Has anyone received an an invitation to interview yet?
  9. 1. What motivates you to apply to MEDEX Northwest, specifically? 2. Tell us about your personal and clinical experience and how that makes you a good candidate for MEDEX? 3. What are the biggest challenges you face by returning to school and what will you contribute to your MEDEX classmates? 4. Do you believe your academic history accurately reflects your ability to successfully complete PA school? Please explain. A woman nervously smiled at me one day; her name was Barbara. The youthful sparkle in her eye contradicted her furrowed brow and obvious trepidation. She sat nervously on a
  10. Hey all! I am an undergraduate preparing to apply to PA school this next cycle. Currently, I have to finish a presentation for my graduation preparation class on what exactly physician assistant school is, and some of my top program choices. Part of the assignment is to ask students currently in the program to relay any information about the process to me. The school I am most heavily focusing on is Midwestern (AZ), so I would prefer students enrolled there. But honestly, any PA student will suffice. Just looking for some information regarding your specific program, any information you think i
  11. http://download.figure1.com/fall2015?m=mkspiker - this is a link for Figure1 http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search is also a pretty good tool, but you have to have a subscription OR your school may have one. Figure1 is a pretty good App for your phone. I use this to get some visuals for diseases and disease states that may not be so common in the clinics I live around! I'd suggest checking it out if you're interested in seeing some fun and interesting cases! Also, this is a great study tool that I use every now and then! Worth a try, love it or hate it!
  12. Good evening all, This is my first take at a personal statement for PA school. Any and all critiques are appreciated and will be taken into consideration. Thank you all in advance for your time taken to review and comment. ____________________________________________________________________ “Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is to save one.” This quote by Abraham Lincoln has become one that has permeated my life. Originally, my career goals never included medicine or life-saving. At age 17 I joined my local volunteer fire department. Responding to medical calls
  13. Hi everyone! I am currently taking some biology and chemistry classes right now at a college and planning to take organic chem over the summer. I am doing great in chemistry class, like A+, however in biology classes, I'm more of a B- or C student. I'm just worried that since my biology grade isn't so well, would that affect me getting into PA school. I heard it is very competitive and everyone getting in has like a 4.0 gpa!! I am also planning to volunteer over the summer at a local hospital so that I can fulfill some HCE hours. What's a good way to keep track of Hours? Plus,
  14. Are PA students encouraged to do research or required to make presentations? By "presentation", I don't mean presenting a patient during clinicals. I mean standing in front of a class and presenting some disease or research topic. I heard this is often required in medical school, so now I'm wondering about PA school. Thanks
  15. I have several books I used in the pre-PA track as wel as during PA school. I need to get rid of these books, and I am open to all reasonable offers. For example, I have bates physical diagnosis, behavioral science in medicine, rapid interpretation of ekgs, human anatomy books, pathophysiology They are in great condition - I really need to free up space and get rid of them. Please post here or message me Thanks
  16. Hey everyone! Katie from Alabama here. I am an RT (2 years experience) trying to get into PA school. I am struggling with this personal statement. I somehow ended up writing TWO... they are completely different (in my eyes) I would love any input you guys have as to which one the admissions committee may value more! I'm not exactly looking for help editing them (though I would gladly accept because I definitely need it) I am just trying to decide which one is worth me continuing to work on...Thank you so much!! -Katie PS # 1: My interest in medicine began at a young age
  17. Hey everyone! Katie from Alabama here. I am an RRT (2 years experience) trying to get into PA school. I am struggling with this personal statement. I somehow ended up writing TWO... they are completely different (in my eyes) I would love any input you guys have as to which one the admissions committee may value more! I'm not exactly looking for help editing them (though I would gladly accept because I definitely need it) I am just trying to decide which one is worth me continuing to work on...Thank you so much!! -Katie PS # 1: My interest in medicine began at a young age. I was
  18. Hello PA forum, I still have about a year and a half before I finish my undergrad if all goes well, and I'm not sure when I should start applying to PA school. Ideally, I would like to have a gap year before PA school for work and travel. Would this decision be looked down upon? When would I apply if I wanted to start the fall after college as opposed to a year later? Thank you, any response is much appreciated, Steph
  19. I wanted to share a post I wrote on the White Coat Ceremony. It is such a symbolic and meaningful event in the life of a PA. I was am hoping people will enjoy it and maybe post stories about their own white coat ceremonies if they have had them. http://pajourney.com/2015/05/24/white-coated/
  20. I wanted to share a post I wrote on the White Coat Ceremony. It is such a symbolic and meaningful event in the life of a PA. I was am hoping people will enjoy it and maybe post stories about their own white coat ceremonies if they have had them. http://pajourney.com/2015/05/24/white-coated/
  21. Hello everyone, I just want to encourage all practicing PA's and PA students to email both Robert Alpern, MD (Yale SOM dean): robert.alpern@yale.edu and John McCarty (ARC-PA executive director): johnmccarty@arc-pa.org if you oppose Yale's proposal for an online PA program. I have emailed both and received a prompt response. ARC-PA is meeting before the end of the month and we will know soon if the program was approved. The reasons I oppose the proposal: 1. It will tarnish our reputation as one of the most rigorous programs in the health sciences 2. It will jeopardize clinical site
  22. What are some things that you remember during your first year in PA school? Can you remember the very first day you walked into the anatomy lab? The smell that welcomed you and possibly lingered in your memories forever. No matter how much you scrubbed that day, that smell stayed. You remember uncovering her. She was someone’s mother, daughter, wife, friend, and so much more. Now, she is your teacher and your first patient. Or what about your first incision? Did you and your cohorts all look at each other to see who was going to make the first incision? Was it what you expected? What was
  23. I usually print out the PowerPoints as an outline and take notes on the sides and then make flash cards for the microbes but I feel like I end up missing information! Not to mention that you can only put so much onto a flash card for a microbe! Help!! What study tips did you use for your microbiology course?! Please and thank you!! Melanie
  24. Hello Everyone! I am a junior in college. I am going to start my 2nd semester of my Junior year soon. I recently decided to pursue PA path and I am extremely confused. I don't want to take a break between my undergraduate and graduate schooling - do you think that will still be possible even though I decided too late? I do have 125 hours of health care hours - 25 hours of shadowing and 100 hours of volunteer so far. My goal is to work as a Medical Scribe this coming summer as well to gather some patient hours. Will it be ok if I mostly have just volunteer and shadowing hours? What should b
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